Course 1: Essentials of TAVR

Course Directors: Basel Ramlawi, Houston, TX, and Eric L. Sarin, Atlanta, GA

COMMERCIAL RELATIONSHIPS   E.L. Sarin − Consultant/Advisory Board, Abbott Vascular; B. Ramlawi − Consultant/Advisory Board, Medtronic, Inc, SORIN, Atricure, Inc

Proficiency in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) requires knowledge of multiple endovascular principles and techniques. In this course, attendees will get hands-on experience with the latest TAVR technology, including balloon-expandable and self-expanding TAVR platforms. Attendees will receive an introduction to the various sheaths, guidewires, and catheters relevant to TAVR. Basics of alternative TAVR access will be discussed, and all participants will gain operational knowledge of the various delivery systems. 

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the decision-making process for choosing a TAVR access point (transfemoral, direct aortic, subclavian artery, and transapical)
  • State the salient differences in the deployment of balloon-expanded versus self-expanded devices
  • Describe the various types of sheaths and guidewires used during the TAVR procedure and understand reasons for their use

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